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Becoming a White Crow Society Member is a handy way for anyone near or far to become a member of the community of Saraha supporters and volunteers in spreading peace, love and Dharma in the world, and a convenient way to offer much-needed financial support. Saraha is a registered 501(c)(3) status non-profit organization. So your membership payments are a donation, and should be eligible for tax deduction. Your monthly donation will directly help support the Institute.
Between our regular daily activities, special events, community outreach and Saraha Children's School we are doing many things now. You can find a record of these events and programs elsewhere on this website. Starting from scratch in 2011, it is really amazing what we have accomplished here in in a few short years. It is extremely joyful. We want to do even more. With your help we will.
Currently, most of our income comes from either outlying, unique donations, or donations connected with special events at the Institute. Unique donations are wonderful and rare, but special events, although frequent, are economically unpredictable, occasionally not entirely paying for themselves. Expenses of course, including mortgage, energy, insurance etc., are relentlessly regular and relentlessly predictable. We need to bridge the gap. It is therefore very important to us that we create a stable, ongoing monthly income stream to enable us to pay our basic costs of running the Institute. Straight up, that is why we need your help to become a member and help us create financial continuity and stable base for Saraha.
You can offer monthly by clicking the payment buttons on this page. If you want to create a membership with monthly payment of more than the base rates, please contact the office at (541)359-3588 or email to email@example.com to set that up.
The White Crow standing on the word “GREX” is the symbol of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute’s Membership Society.
Why? Because the outlook of a genuine Buddhist practitioner is meant to be uncommon, in the sense of not being ruled by convenient, worldly, self-seeking temptations and aims, in the Tibetan tradition such individuals are said to be "like," in the sense of “as rare as,” White Crows.
What is GREX? “GREX,” on the other hand, is the Latin word for “flock,” as in a flock of birds, and also synonymous in that language for the words “society,” and for “school.” Hence, GREX reflects the multi-functions of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute, as a Sangha, a Dharma Community, as an educational institution, a school, and even as a more wide-reaching, sky-flying virtual institution of Buddhist resources and education. Finally, "Grex" also sounds like something a crow would say...
Oh, and becoming a member has benefits, in addition to good feeling & good karma. Members get:
In one year, any one of these benefits can easily exceed your entire annual membership fee. Plus all the love and good karma. So, please join. Please help Saraha by becoming a member....
Here are the membership rates, links for auto signup on the right (or below) ...
Membership fees are non-refundable, but membership can be terminated (or renewed) at any time.
Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute is a registered tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Your kind donation will be tax-deductible to the full extent allowed.
The Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute was founded in August of 2011 under the leadership of three Tibetan Buddhist teachers: Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Tsering Gyaltsen and Lama Sonam Tsering.
An account of how this came about can be found in this article published in the Northwest Dharma News online magazine HERE.
Saraha was created as a Buddhist educational and practice facility according the specific vision and intention of its founding directors.
Click HERE to read the Vision Statement of the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute